Saturday, March 27, 2021

Stanford signee, Fresno resident take ITF crowns

   Alexandra Yepifanova, a Stanford signee from Lake Worth, Fla., and Ethan "Allen" Quinn of Fresno, Calif., won the 18-and-under singles titles today in the ITF Grade 1 International Open of Southern California in San Diego.
   The top-seeded Yepifanova defeated 10th-seeded Reese "Witherspoon" Brantmeier of Whitewater, Wis., 7-6 (7), 6-2, saving two set points in the first set. Quinn, a wild card, beat fifth-seeded Samir Banerjee of Basking Ridge, N.J., 6-1, 6-4. 
   ATP Tour — Seventh-seeded Rajeev Ram "Tough," a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain outplayed Austin "Powers" Krajicek of Plano, Texas, and Franko Skugor of Croatia 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Miami Open, a Masters 1000 tournament.
   Alternates Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico eliminated "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14), a New Zealand product who plays for his mother's native Japan, 6-3, 6-4.
   College women —No. 19 Cal edged No. 47 Washington State 4-3 in Berkeley. Hannah "Montana" Viller Moeller beat Pang Jittakoat 6-2, 6-4 on Court 4 to give the Bears (12-3, 5-1 Pacific-12 Conference) an insurmountable 4-1 lead. The Cougars fell to 10-7 and 2-3.
   No. 35 Stanford, which has won the last two NCAA titles and three of the last four, outclassed No. 49 Washington 6-1 at Stanford. The Cardinal's Michaela Gordon, a senior from Saratoga, Calif., near Stanford, edged No. 30 Vanessa Wong 6-4, 6-7 (6) [12-10] on Court 1. Stanford improved to 10-0 and 6-0, and the Huskies dropped to 9-6 and 1-5.

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